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Car thefts skyrocket as burglaries plummet in annual UNM safety report

Emily Jaceks
September 23, 2017 06:38 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The results of the annual UNM security and fire safety report are out, and while some offenses are rising, others are trending in the right direction.

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The report analyzes crime from the 2016 calendar year, comparing the results to the previous two years. It’s mandated by the federal Clery Act, which focuses on the most serious reportable crimes like murder, rape and arson, and how to better prevent them.

Perhaps the most shocking statistics in this year’s 85-page document belonged to the category of car thefts; those increased a whopping 60 percent from 2015 to 2016.

Sex crimes, including rape, went up slightly over that span, with two more cases reported on campus last year.

Additionally, there was one additional reported incident each of arson, drugs and hate crime in 2016.

“I lived on campus my freshman year and there were a couple of times when my friends, we’d be walking around and there were questionable figures that were walking around,” said UNM senior Cody Aumiler, who now lives off campus.

This year’s report isn’t all bad news. Burglaries fell by nearly 59 percent in 2016 when compared to the previous year, and aggravated assault reports also declined from 15 cases in 2015 to 11 in 2016.

Aumiler said when it comes to avoiding becoming a victim of crime, he feels safest when the sun is up.

“From my own experience I feel pretty safe. That also depends on the times I am here,” he said. “I am usually here during the day, and those types of things happen at night or early in the morning.”

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